How to Update Your Home’s Style on a Budget

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You can easily freshen up your home décor even if you don’t have much money to work with. Check out these 6 tips for how to update your home’s style on a budget.

1. Do the Work by Yourself Instead of Hiring Contractors

When you remodel your home, the labor costs typically add up to a significant chunk of the total price tag. If you do the work yourself, you save all the money you would have spent on labor. Of course, this only works with projects you’re qualified to do. Most homeowners are able to do basic projects like wallpapering, painting and simple repairs.

If you don’t know how to do a home renovation project, check some books out of the library, watch videos on the Internet and evaluate whether you could complete the task on your own. If you can complete the project successfully without hiring contractors, your savings are likely to be substantial.

How to Update Your Home’s Style on a Budget
How to Update Your Home’s Style on a Budget
You can easily freshen up your home décor even if you don’t have much money to work with. Check out these 6 tips for how to update your home’s style on a budget.

1. Do the Work by Yourself Instead of Hiring Contractors

When you remodel your home, the labor costs typically add up to a significant chunk of the total price tag. If you do the work yourself, you save all the money you would have spent on labor. Of course, this only works with projects you’re qualified to do. Most homeowners are able to do basic projects like wallpapering, painting and simple repairs.

If you don’t know how to do a home renovation project, check some books out of the library, watch videos on the Internet and evaluate whether you could complete the task on your own. If you can complete the project successfully without hiring contractors, your savings are likely to be substantial.

2. Incorporate Salvaged and Reclaimed Materials Into Your Home Décor

Reclaimed materials can be significantly less expensive than new materials. They can also add a richly prized element of style to your environment. Reclaimed flooring is coveted not only for its intriguing character and visual appeal, but also for its long-term sustainability and environmental friendliness. Reclaimed mouldings can add value to a home and make the décor appear much richer and more interesting.

If you’re interested in reclaiming and salvaging items in your local area, but you don’t know how to go about it, you can draw inspiration from Katie Brown. Katie is hostess of a PBS workshop, and she is an expert on the topic of frugal home decorating. She frequently incorporates reclaimed materials into her home décor.

3. Get the Best Value by Shopping the Secondary Market

Craig’s List, thrift stores, flea markets and antique malls are fantastic places to bargain hunt for furnishings and housewares. One of our favorite interior designers reports having found a pair of lovely leather recliners for $175 on Craig’s List, a handmade inlaid mosaic wood table for $80 at a local thrift store, and a stunning set of 4 vintage dining room chairs for $50 — all in a single week.

4. Shop Your Local Clearance Sales

For the necessities you can’t find used, you can probably find good clearance sales at the retail stores in your area.

5. Take Advantage of Nature’s Bounty

It’s cost effective to decorate with things you can get free in your own back yard. Take a look around and see what’s there. Perhaps you can gather a bowl full of pine cones to use as a centerpiece or a vase full of greenery to place on an entry table.

6. Re-Purpose Furnishings You Already Have

You probably already have some fantastic furnishings that can be re-purposed and incorporated into your updated home décor.